The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

A DIY decorative plate. (Transform an ugly platter with puff-paint.)

Today I’m going to show you a simple trick to update old plates and platters.  While they aren’t food safe, they are great for decorating.  You can transform an old plate into a DIY decorative plate for Thanksgiving. Or fall.  Or for whatever.
My finished platter looks like this…

It wasn’t always this way.

1. Take an ugly plate or platter with a cool shape.  In this case, a large Williams Sonoma plattter, circa 1997 that I bought at a thrift store for $1.
2. Dig out some 3D scribble (or puff) paint that you have in your craft supplies.  (You know you have some… No?  OK, then you can pick some up at any craft store for a couple of bucks.)  It does not matter what color you choose since you’ll be spray painting it anyway.
3. Start squeezing on your design.  Do whatever you like.  I’m no artist, so I prefer random, squiggly designs. (It hides the fact that I’m no artist.)
4. Let the puff paint dry completely, then take it to an area where you can spray paint it.

Spray the entire plate with a plastic primer.  Once the primer has dried, spray the entire plate with the color of your choice.  When dry, spray the whole thing with a high gloss clear coating.  The more coats of the gloss, the more it will look like ceramic.

There are a few more coats of gloss that I would like to add.

I had originally left it white, with the thought of painting the center with chalkboard paint, or possibly cutting some vinyl with our last name, or “welcome” or a bible verse.

The point is, that any ugly old platter can be brought up to date and incorporated into your decor.
I opted to spray paint it a warm metallic gold and use contact paper to cut out the words “give thanks”  When Thanksgiving is over I can easily change the saying.
We should always be giving thanks, November or not.

Manic Mother

Today, I’m thankful for cooler weather and the chance to be warm and cozy with a fire burning in the fireplace.  And I’m also thankful for four strong boys who can bring in firewood for said fire.

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Ashley said...

November 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm
Vivienne!!!! Freaking LOVE it. I'm gonna try it!

Richella said...

November 9, 2011 at 3:18 pm
This is a great idea! I have a plain platter that I was going to spray-paint. . . I think maybe it needs a bit of embellishment before it gets spray-painted. :)

ChrissyK said...

November 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm
Vivienne, absolutely love this! Now I am on the hunt to find a platter!!!

Jill said...

November 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm
Awesome! I have a bottle of that paint left over from my costume and now it won't go to waste! You have the best ideas :)

Shawn said...

November 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm
What a great idea, one that I wish you had shared before I purged my cabinets and tossed, yes I threw away, old undesirable plates and platters!

Thanks for giving me a shout out with your thankful post. It's been both fun and eye opening doing this again this year. I'm trying to find new things, the not so obvious things, to be thankful for!

We have a fire pit in the back yard now, can you send your young strong boys over here to carry and stack some wood for me?

Impulsive Addict said...

November 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm
I haven't thought about puff paint since the late 80' I mean the late 90's when I was 10. I love your design of squiggly lines. =)


Good Time Charlie said...

November 9, 2011 at 4:50 pm
I am glad you ran this post again because sometimes I have to read things several times before I pay attention. This is the cutest idea, and puff paint is definitely on my to try list.

I am thankful for my fireplace too, and I am going to turn it on now. (yeah, it is one of those dorky turn a switch gas ones)

Lori E said...

November 9, 2011 at 4:57 pm
In my dungeon full of craft and painting items that is one thing I can say I have never had...puff paint.
A trip to the craft store may be in order this weekend.

Krystyn said...

November 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm
Your creativity never ceases to amaze me! I never see stuff the way you do! I love it!

Kirsten- The Foreign Domestic said...

November 10, 2011 at 12:48 am
Wow...that's genius!!

MiMi said...

November 10, 2011 at 1:52 am
For craps sake!
I never would've thought of that!!! LOVE!

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

November 10, 2011 at 3:39 am
Wow...that is totally amazing! I'll be featuring that next week! :)

Johnnie said...

November 10, 2011 at 11:30 am

SueAnn said...

November 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm
I need your boys to come and start my fire!!! Ha!
Love the tray!

eclypsechic said...

November 11, 2011 at 11:59 pm
This is awesome!

Theophanie said...

November 12, 2011 at 4:04 am
That is so awesomely creative! I would never have thought of that.

Visiting from TT&J linky party,
Theophanie of

Anne said...

November 13, 2011 at 1:05 am
I love this! What a fun way to repurpose an ugly old platter. :)

Formerly known as Frau said...

November 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm
Love it!

cheapcraftymama said...

November 13, 2011 at 5:20 pm
Great idea, I love it!

Katie said...

November 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm
Ahh great job on transforming this platter! It's awesome.

breanna said...

November 16, 2011 at 10:27 pm
rad project! I wouldn't have thought to do something like's so lovely for the holidays!

At The Picket Fence said...

November 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm
So you know we love every single thing you do, and this was no exception! Loved it so much, we're sharing it this week at Inspiration Friday this week. :)


Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust said...

November 19, 2011 at 5:48 am
I can hardly believe this is the same plate. Behold the power of paint! :D Thanks for sharing this great idea at Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust.

Warmly, Michelle

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